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Before our final post on Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place, here’s a brief recap of the first two posts in our series: create space in your home for community, and create nudges to keep technology in check. We encourage you to read both posts for yourself! We love how Crouch took on a subject like technology and how it affects our families every day. Lest you think furniture doesn’t play a role in forming strong relationships, we ask you to think again. Whether you need a dining table set, bedroom dresser, new TV stand or wooden desk, Unruh offers a solution. We offer furniture to make your home more conducive for real-world interactions and memories.
Our last word on technology + furniture might hit closest to home . . . in the home. Specifically, the bedroom is a haven where everyone should end their day. It should serve as a safe space for respite, quiet and recovery. Crouch has some thoughts on where technology should reside in your home, and the bedroom is not one of them. Although a TV sounds great, he mentions that a TV in front of comfortable seating is a dangerous recipe. With a few tips to get your creative juices flowing, consider a new vision for your bedroom. One that is free of distraction and loaded with simplicity. Unruh will help you get there – starting today.
Why Connection is Crucial
“This is why our short-term solution to the witching hour—to bewitch our children with technological distraction—in the long run just makes things worse. And as with all the things we do to our children, the truth is that we are doing it to ourselves as well. I am horrified at the hours I have spent, often in the face of demanding creative work, scrolling aimlessly through social media and news updates, clicking briefly on countless vaguely titillating updates about people I barely know and situations I have no control over, feeling dim, thin versions of interest, attraction, dissatisfaction, and dislike. Those hours have been spent avoiding suffering—avoiding the suffering of our banal, boring modern world with its airport security lines and traffic jams and parking lots, but also avoiding the suffering of learning patience, wisdom, and virtue and putting them into practice. They have left me, as the ring left Bilbo, feeling “all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread.” -Andy Crouch
Crouch’s words strike a chord in all of us who have relied a little too heavily on technology. As it relates to the relationships we hold most dear, he goes on to explain why it’s so important to favor kinship over screen.
“We are meant to be family; not just marriages bound by vows and the children that come from them, but a wider family that invites others into our lives and even to the threshold of our very last breath, to experience vulnerability and grace, sorrow and hope, singing our way homeward. We are meant, not just for thin, virtual connections but for visceral real connections to one another in this fleeting, temporary and infinitely beautiful and worthwhile life. We are meant to die in one another’s arms surrounded by prayer and song knowing that we are loved.”
The Colby is Your Bed. Not Your Phone’s.
His words are intense! Crouch’s instruction really makes one think about day-to-day life. As far as where you end each of those days, we have multiple options to choose from. Consider the Colby Bed with its sleek lines and firm-foundation frame. You can’t go wrong with such a timeless look in the bedroom. And we will help you customize to your desire. While we’re planning for your new bed, think about where your phone can rest at night – away from the bedroom! Whether it’s the kitchen or living room, choose a location far away from where you rest at night. The last thing we need is a screen’s light keeping us awake as we endlessly scroll. Instead, sign up for some items that promote conversation with your spouse or nighttime reading – much healthier options to live by.
A Bedside Brendal
But where to store those books and conversation starters? Our Brendal Nighstand works perfectly next to any bedside – Colby included. With a spacious drawer to store special items, you possess space beneath to house books and magazines for bedtime reading. These two crucial pieces of bedroom furniture bring you closer to technology in its proper place. With three blog posts on tech wisdom, you are closer to a brighter home than any screen could offer.